CPChem’s continued growth and success are attributable to our 4,715 employees working across 21 countries. Approximately 70% of our employees hold positions at manufacturing sites producing chemicals, plastics and polyethylene pipe. Our organization also utilizes many contractors, who bring additional experience and expertise to our operations and help achieve our ambitious safety and performance goals.
Increasing resources, creating opportunities and empowering women throughout all levels of our organization remain priorities and areas of progress at CPChem. The number of women holding senior leadership roles has doubled over the last five years, and women currently represent 21% of our global employees. We are actively working to improve our practices to attract more women into the organization through targeted recruitment efforts.
Employees of color make up 32% of our US Dollar workforce and 13% of CPChem’s senior leadership. We have improvements to make in this area, and we are committed to increasing diversity throughout the company. We will achieve this by assessing our practices and making sure all employees have access to opportunities for growth and career advancement.
We have significantly expanded our disclosures on employee and leader diversity throughout the organization in this year’s report. We firmly believe that transparent reporting on key diversity metrics is essential to achieving equity for all. In addition to enhanced external disclosures, CPChem introduced the Metrics That Matter dashboard in 2020 that serves as a central hub for employees and provides Key Performance Indicators. Employee diversity metrics will be a central part of this new tool that has expanded CPChem’s ability to measure progress and identify opportunities for improvement.
In 2020, CPChem employees launched the company’s first employee-led resource group, STRIVE, which offers resources focused on attracting, retaining and supporting women at CPChem.
Last year, CPChem examined and rebuilt its recruitment strategy for upcoming graduates. As a result, our new graduate recruitment program is more inclusive of people of color and better designed to attract candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences.